Feel like looking at Paris from the outside and getting some fresh (ok, fresher…) air? Then domaine national de Saint Cloud might be what you need. It’s a really big park in which you can walk for hours, cycle, have a picnic or even go to a restaurant. Yes, you’ve got that right, there are several decent restaurants in the park, after all this is France…
For me the best part is the spectacular view on the city. Saint-Cloud is located south-east of Paris and from the viewpoint in the park you can see la tour Eiffel and even Montmartre.
The park is big enough for a two hour walk, which meant that after that walk, we worked up quite an appetite. On our way back to Paris we passed by l’Île Saint Germain, an island in Issy-Les Moulineaux, just outside of Paris. The island also happens to be a park, but we’d walked enough and went straight to restaurant l’Île. This restaurant is situated in a beautiful old building with a big terrace. They serve good food in a nice atmosphere.
I couldn’t resist taking a picture of my dessert. I took a Millefeuille (1000 leaves cake, because it’s made with puff pastry), but I wasn’t prepared for it to be this huge. I couldn’t eat it all, and that says something because it rarely happens I can’t finish my desert….
For some reason, we call this kind of pastry a Tompouce or Tompoes in the Netherlands. Which sounds quite French, but is a reference to a fairytale by the Grimm Brothers about a little boy named Tom Pouce. The difference with the French MIllefeuille is in the frosting, the Dutch frosting is always bright pink (and no, I can’t explain this!).
More information can be found on the website of the park.